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Interview with Terri Wangard and a Giveaway!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance, and the authors visiting my blog answered them! This week, I am so happy to have award-winning historical romance author Terri Wangard as my guest! Terri’s new release sounds SO GOOD! I am also fascinated by the story of Lusitania — and to have a history major with a master’s in library science write a book about it makes me think that it will reveal so much information I didn’t know before! Read on to see how you can enter to win a copy!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the Lombardi Glory Years. My first Girl Scout badge was the Writer. These days I write mostly historical fiction, and won the 2013 Writers on the Storm contest and 2013 First Impressions, as well as being a 2012 Genesis finalist. I have a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science. Classic Boating Magazine, a family business since 1984, is my day job.

Tell us about your current release. The Lusitania has always fascinated me, more so than the Titanic. Since I started writing, I’ve wanted to write a Lusitania story. Here is the blurb for Roll Back the Clouds:

A dream come true becomes a nightmare. Geoff and Rosaleen Bonnard embark on a once-in-a-lifetime voyage to England aboard the fabled Lusitania in 1915. Europe is embroiled in war, but the authorities insist the conflict shouldn’t affect a passenger liner.

Then, a German submarine hurtles a torpedo into the grand ship. Rosaleen makes it into a lifeboat, but Geoff is missing. She searches the morgues in Queenstown, heartsick at recognizing so many of her fellow travelers. Alive, but suffering a devastating back injury, Geoff is found in a Cork hospital.

While waiting for him to recover, Rosaleen is thrilled to meet her mother’s family, but a dark cloud hovers over her. The battered faces of dead babies haunt her. She sinks into depression, exasperated by Geoff’s new interest in religion. Her once happy life seems out of reach.

Will joy ever be theirs again?

What’s the first major news headline that you can remember and what do you remember? I think it was Robert Kennedy’s assassination. We were at a motel, and my parents were talking about it. In my vague memory, I can see them looking at a newspaper.

Who was your first Screen/Musical Crush? Donny Osmond

What inspired you to start writing, or did you always want to write? I wrote stories as a Girl Scout, since I received the Writer badge. I didn’t expect to write books though, until I read some stories that seemed to be written by formula. The names and settings were changed, but otherwise they were all the same. That prompted me to try writing my own book.

What is your preferred method of writing? I write on computer, but if I have an hour in the evening and an idea is percolating, I’ll write in a notebook.

How did you make the initial step into writing your first novel. What were some of your major roadblocks and how did you overcome them? I first wrote a book in the early 2000s. I sent it to a publisher. It took them a year to say No Thanks. I set aside my writing for a few years. Then, in 2008, I read Debbie Macomber’s Twenty Wishes, about women fulfilling their wishes. That made me decide to write again. I bought the laptop I still use today and wrote Friend & Enemies, the first of five novels, so far.

Who were some of your favorite authors as a child? I loved the Flicka, Ricka, Dicka series by Maj Lindman.

Do you write your books for your own enjoyment or more for what you think people would want to read? I write what I would like to read, and hope others do too.

Here is where you can find Terri online:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorTerriWangard

Twitter: @terriwangard

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/terriwangard

Instagram:  @terriwangard

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/terriwangard/

Website: http://www.terriwangard.com

Terri is giving away an ebook copy of Roll Back the Clouds to a reader! See below how to enter to win:a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Interview with Author Terri Wangard!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance, and the authors visiting my blog answered them! This week, I’m so excited to have Terri Wangard as my guest. As a lover of all things World War II, I am so jealous (in an “excited for her” kind of way) to read about her riding in a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber! Gasp! Please, enjoy Terri’s interview as much as I did. AND – Terri is giving away an ebook to one of my readers of her latest release! Read below to see how you can enter to win this awesome prize!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin. My first Girl Scout badge was the Writer. I’ve always loved books, and going to the library was a favorite activity. No surprise, then, that I have a master’s degree in library science, as well as a bachelor’s degree in history. I’ve lived in Michigan, Utah, and Southern California before returning to Wisconsin. A fun part of my research included going for a ride in a WWII B-17 Flying Fortress bomber.

Tell us about your current release. Carol becomes a Red Cross doughnut girl, serving GIs and boosting their morale. Believing wartime romances are doomed to disappointment, she attempts to avoid entanglements and transfers to France, away from Chet, the airman she’s falling for.

Chet’s father always belittled him. Now a well-regarded navigator, he longs to prove him wrong. After he’s ditched in the North Sea, parachuted into France, and been called before a review, his focus changes to staying alive, and winning the Red Cross girl he keeps crossing paths with.

Who was your first Screen/Musical Crush? Donny Osmond

What inspired you to start writing, or did you always want to write? In first grade the school library had a poetry book with a green cover. It fascinated me, how the words were arranged so beautifully. I scribbled stories in notebooks, which fortunately haven’t survived. By junior high, I’d stopped writing. When I found some Christian romances in a church library, I started thinking of trying to write one. I did, and a publisher had the manuscript for a year before saying no thanks. After reading Debbie Macomber’s Twenty Wishes, I started writing in earnest.

How did you determine whether to self-publish or seek a traditional publisher? A well-known, successful author like Robin Jones Gunn can self-publish, but an unknown? Who would buy my book, or even find out about it? The whole idea of self-publishing scares me silly.

Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write? I have the general idea. I don’t write an outline, but I do have notes scattered around that I hope I’ll find when I need them. (No, I don’t have Scrivener). With my second book, No Neutral Ground, I was strengthening the main character right up to the final edit.

Who were some of your favorite authors as a child? I loved the Flicka, Ricka, and Dicka books. Later on, it was the Nancy Drew series.

Do you write your books for your own enjoyment or more for what you think people would want to read? I write what I would like to read. My first book, Friends & Enemies, was inspired by family history on the German side. Knowing very little about them, whether they favored Hitler, I created a family to be proud of. I enjoy the research, learning all I can about topics that interest me.

Find Terri online:

Website, Facebook, Pinterest

Find Terri’s book, Soar Like Eagles!

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